Lowriders (May 12)
This may not be the biggest film of the 2017 summer season, but it is probably the coolest. Lowriders examines a street artist who is caught up in his family's drama. His father is obsessed with lowrider culture. His brother is an ex-con. All of these things boil over in this hyper-realistic look at low rider life. With many people thinking that summer movies are nothing more than advertisements filled with popcorn, Lowriders seems destined to shatter this mold into oblivion. Okay, will this movie be the biggest release of the summer? Probably not. However, when it's all said and done, something tells us that people will still be talking about this film long after the 2017 summer season passes.
Snatched (May 12)
Gotta be honest, this film seems like it could be released any time and it would probably be okay. People still love Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer appears to be getting even more popular. The fact that this is a summer movie only makes this film's profile bigger. The story isn't anything we haven't really seen before. A girl (Schumer) gets dumped and then heads to paradise with her scared-of-life mom (Hawn). Something tells us that this simple storyline is going to bring the funny once we see it fully realized on the big screen. Both ladies are comic icons (okay, Schumer is on her way to being one), and this pairing could kick off a series of films in which we see them play against one another. Amy and Goldie Meet the Mummy, anyone?
King Arthur: the Legend of the Sword (May 12)
When young King Arthur's father is murdered, Vortigern (Jude Law), Arthur's uncle, seizes the crown. Robbed of his birthright and with no idea who he truly is, Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. But once he pulls the sword from the stone, his life is turned upside down, and he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy whether he likes it or not.
The Wall (May 12)
No, this film isn't a look at the structure President Trump keeps discussing that's going to separate the US from the world. It is actually a war film from none other than Doug Liman (Swingers, The Edge of Tomorrow). Something tells us that in his capable hands, this tale of an American sharpshooter in a standoff with an Iraqi sniper will be deftly handled. The fact that it is a contained film, even though it takes place out in the open winds of Iraq, is even more impressive. In fact, based on the trailer the film seems to have 3 characters. The American sniper, the Iraqi sniper and the American soldier in between them. And if I told you that the soldier in between them was John Cena, and that he could very well be nominated for an Academy Award, what would you say to that? Exactly, bring on the Summer 2017 movie season!